Hilary Duff Is Joining The Cast Of ‘Gossip Girl’

Will play a movie star who enrolls at NYU with the 'Gossip' gang

Michael Ausiello of Entertainment Weekly is reporting that pop star (and sometimes actress) Hilary Duff will join the cast of Gossip Girl for their third season (which just went into production in NYC this week) for a story-arc that will feature her as a “movie star who enrolls at NYU and is roommates with Vanessa (played by Jessica Szohr):


Is the Upper East Side big enough for Serena, Blair and the Duffster?! We’re about to find out because the onetime tween sensation is joining Gossip Girl for a multi-episode arc, sources confirm to me exclusively. The actress-designer-pop chanteuse will play Olivia Burke, a movie star who enrolls at NYU in search of a traditional college experience. She ends up rooming with Vanessa (Jessica Szohr) so it’s safe to say she’ll be majoring in Drama! Duff will debut in this season’s fourth episode, slated to air Oct. 5. Gossip producers spotted an opening in Duff’s schedule after NBC passed on her comedy pilot Barely Legal.

Whoa! Now that’s a scoop. First GG manages to attract Michelle Trachtenberg to join the cast and now Hilary Duff … not too shabby. I hadn’t heard that NBC passed on Duff‘s Barely Legal TV series so that’s news to me as well. I really think that Hil D. will fit in perfectly with the Gossip gang. I’m sure it won’t be long until we see her on set in NYC filming her first scenes for the series. What do y’all think … is this news about Hilary joining the GG cast good news or bad?

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  1. Bee

    OH MY GOD! This is so exciting!

  2. Jennifer

    This is awesome! I have never watched it but I am a huge Hilary fan and I will be tuning in now!

  3. nicole

    if Hil can get the catty-ness & bitchness down, she’ll do great.

  4. Brittany

    Just about all of the characters have an underlying “bitchiness” to them so I am curious to see what type of role they put her in because she seems too bubble gum for me to be on GG. But I guess we’ll see!

  5. Karen

    She tried to be bitchy in an episode of Law and Order SVU the season. I’m not sure she pulled it off.

  6. wheres the popcorn

    since nicole richie likes gg i wonder if her n joel will be tunning in when it airs lol! (added by Mobile using Mippin)

  7. jill

    anyone else think that promo pic is ridiculous? obvs trent added hilary, (great photoshop work Trent) but i’m talking about the actual cast members — they look pretty ridic; like the cover of a romance novel or something.

  8. CoCo

    NNNNNNNNNNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!! She is a TERRIBLE actress! She will ruin everything!

  9. Nwrh

    They should bring NICOLE RICHIE! Hilary is not bitchy enough.. not a good fit IMHO

  10. R

    I think she’ll be good!

  11. anna

    AMAZING!!!!! yah! I love Hil! I love GG. so awesome!

  12. Irma

    Is this “famous movie star” thing the same as Emma Watson going to school here in America?

  13. Irma

    P.S. That promo pic is pretty old. Use an updated version, Trent!

  14. Erica

    NOOOOOO!!!! This is horrible. WHAT THE HELL WERE THEY THINKING???
    @ Coco – I’m totally with you. Are we the only ones who can see what a ridiculous “actress’ she is?
    And she was horrid on SVU fyi

  15. Irma

    @Erica, I totally agree. She was horrible and SOOO unconvincing on SVU.

  16. lizav

    i love it!! this its great…can’t wait to see the first ep. w/her.

  17. Jacintos

    Interesting choice. I don’t think she necessarily has to be bitchy, but I could see her playing the spoiled actress. Or she could just be kinda nice lol. That’d be a change. I can easily see her as Vanessa’s roommate though.

  18. Ew

    Worst idea ever! She’s a terrible actress, very unconvincing. She will ruin the greatness that is Gossip Girl!

  19. Gwen

    Awesome idea :) I’m excited!

  20. Harper

    Yay!! I’ve only watched a few episodes of Gossip Girl, but I def am gonna watch now that Hilary will be on! I love her!

  21. F

    At first, I was like WOAH, no she’s gonna be horrible…but now I think about it more, I think she’d be a good fit. Let’s face it people, the acting is sub-par anyway, so I think she’ll fit right in.

  22. meg

    i wouldn’t describe myself as a hilary hater, but i agree with everyone else who has said that she’s a horrible, unconvincing actress. i’d love to be proven wrong, but i don’t think she can pull it off.

  23. Emma

    Umm….I love GG and yeah I’ll admit to not minding Hilary, but I don’t see her as fitting into the cast at all.

  24. sam

    noooooo i dont want her it gg!!!

  25. vintage

    I think it’s great that Duff’s joining the GG cast. I can’t wait!! I have a feeling she’s gonna have a “nice” role tho.. like I-wanna-have-a-kinda-normal-life-not-movie-star-life role in GG.

  26. Nic0Le

    This chick annoys me. Sooo disappointed she’ll more than likely ruin one of my fav shows!!!! DAMNIT!!

  27. I’m so mean :( My first thought was, “she’s too fat to be in GG.” :( I’m mean.

  28. Rebecca

    I think its awesome. Hilary is such a likeable actress, and I’m sure she will fit right into the show. Looking forward to it!

  29. Kelsiie

    Wooow. This is surprising. My first thought was “omfg, this is gunna SUCK”, but the more i think about it, the more i get excited to see Hilary’s attempt at being bitchy and most-likely slutty!

  30. Jasmine

    @Erica&Irma, i third that. going by that SVU epi, this is bad news. i’m hoping she’ll do better and not ruin my favourite show :(

  31. Alexis

    I miss her! can’t wait!

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